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post #1 of 28 Old 11-24-2018, 03:24 PM - Thread Starter
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East Coast In-Over-My-Head Theater Build

So as it seems with a lot of you...I've had dreams of building a theater for a long, long time. Always had mini rooms growing up, but nothing more than a decent onkyo or denon receiver and some cerwin vega speakers! I was always updating that and along the way, made some ok "surround" sound rooms...but nothing even remotely close to what I've dug myself deep into recently....

Back in April of 2017, we bought a new house only 2 years old, with an unfinished basement and 9.5' ceilings! ...and I saw an area that I thought could be a great spot to build something in.

The blue on the ground is an outline of where the wall would eventually go and the red is under the upstairs stairway where I will put my gear, which will be right outside the room itself.




Here is an early image that I started on a few months after moving in...the room will be about 17'x21.5' when we are done...please don't mind my elite drawing skills!



I hired Shawn Byrne back in August of 2017 and after months and months of figuring out some details (with me going back and forth on the details and ultimately submitting myself to delving a lot further into things than I had originally planned or anticipated...but in all honesty, glad I am doing now. I don't want any regrets later, even if it takes a little longer or costs more to build)...we finalized the planning just several months ago and here some pics of the final plan, the only difference is it does not show the actual speakers we will be using as I changed my mind on those too as we went along and we never updated in the pics themselves...





And some of the gear we will be using:

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Subs - (2) Rhythmik Audio FV25HP
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(3) Gold LCR's
(6) Silver LCR's (surrounds)
(4) inceiling silver 9 rotators

Have made some progress since with framing, sheetrock, flooring, etc...which I will share soon...but figured I would start with this intro for now. BIGmouthinDC has helped a lot along the way so far...we still have a long way to go but really excited about making some more progress over the next several months!
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Looking forward to seeing the progress! Your room dimensions are pretty similar to mine, so I might need to borrow some ideas and measurements from the drawings


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Looking forward to seeing the progress! Your room dimensions are pretty similar to mine, so I might need to borrow some ideas and measurements from the drawings


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Some of the early stages of framing...that window I decided to eventually close off. I am not sure why some of the pics are coming in sideways because when viewed and saved they are right side up, but when clicked on the bottom of message they turn correct.





Gear space for our rack under the upstairs staircase which will allow for plenty of height when we put everything together...and right outside the theater room.


Some more framing now with insulation...I read somewhere a while back to use the rock wool, which we did. Turns out we didn't necessarily need to and could have used the pink, but was after the fact so decided to leave it as is.


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A few more pics....starting the clips and channel before the rock, and then first layer of sheetrock, prior to sealing it...

We are finishing the basement at the same time and I already added another handler for downstairs, which will be on two zones...one for the room itself, the other for the rest of the basement. You see the return duct above the entry in one of the pics.





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Looking good! You are making great progress.

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And starting the floor...ran out of glue for rest of the plywood. At this stage now which will get finished up this week and then on to some more exciting stuff with the framing! Which I had some questions on...

The soffit frame is covered in sheetrock, correct...or some other material? And framed with regular 2x4' lumber?

The ceiling coffer is framed with what material exactly? Have seen some type of metal used...suggestions?

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Looking good! You are making great progress.

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Thanks! The pics were fast forwarded a bit though and over several or more months...hope to start banging out a good amount more though now over the next few months.
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Finished up the OSB...and had a question on installing the last piece...






Any tips on getting this last small piece in so we can connect the tongue and groove properly? The rest I had room to bang in as we went...

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they make a tool for just that problem. The end behind the hand has the bend aimed down. Or you can just add some screws on both sides of the joint, squeeze them together with clamp and then remove the screws.

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they make a tool for just that problem. The end behind the hand has the bend aimed down. Or you can just add some screws on both sides of the joint, squeeze them together with clamp and then remove the screws.
That helps, thanks! I like the clamp idea
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+1 on the tool Big answered with. I used one of this far more than I would like to remember installing laminate throughout my old house.

What are you using under the OSB on the floor?
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What is the transition into the room going to look like? I was considering doing osb but didn’t know how to handle the extra height of the floor compared to the height outside the room.


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What is the underlayment you're using? How are you securing the OSB?
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+1 on the tool Big answered with. I used one of this far more than I would like to remember installing laminate throughout my old house.

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Cool on the tool.

Using the Serena Mat https://www.soundproofingcompany.com...dproof-floors/

Using the DA5 adhesive under both the serena mat and OSB to secure. The OSB we used weights on top while the adhesive was drying also...but likely going to screw a few places still.
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What is the transition into the room going to look like? I was considering doing osb but didn’t know how to handle the extra height of the floor compared to the height outside the room.


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Outside the room, where the gear will be, we are actually going to have a step up. Its about a 5.5 or 6" step up I believe....on maybe a 3x3' or so platform, which will fall right in between the gear closet on the right as walking in and a bar/counter area to the left. We did this to help the transition as walking into the room, rather than needing two steps up to the back row, now we only need one. So the back end of the room will all be raised...and a step down will occur when going towards and into the front row.

The room was a bit too narrow to do it otherwise, so this really helped figuring that out and it works outside the room as well for the step up. Some of the design pics above also show what I am talking about with the levels as you walk into the room. Then hard wood floor outside, going into carpet in the theater.
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Ok that makes sense. I don’t have any room on the outside of mine to put a step so still trying to figure out how I would do a transition in the case.


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Ok that makes sense. I don’t have any room on the outside of mine to put a step so still trying to figure out how I would do a transition in the case.


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You entering from the same area? Its a tough spot, especially if the room is narrow and you have the seating like ours will have. Would have been easier to enter towards the screen...but that wasn't really a good option and would also make it more difficult to get to the gear if necessary.
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You entering from the same area? Its a tough spot, especially if the room is narrow and you have the seating like ours will have. Would have been easier to enter towards the screen...but that wasn't really a good option and would also make it more difficult to get to the gear if necessary.


Yea my entrance is exactly where yours is, no other option really in my case.


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Wow, so over 5 months went by already!? This project will likely be almost few years from start to finish I bet...it'll be two in August 2017 when we started planning. We've been finishing up work on other areas of the house, so this got on the back burner a bit...but we should be framing for the soffit, ceiling, stage, etc. now very soon.

In the meantime, I ordered some more equipment to get some of that expense out of the way ahead of time. I've already had the subs since last year and just got the rest of the speakers we are using in this week!
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Tease! Over the years guys with theater build threads have snuck a picture of their hot sports car into a picture by staging theater gear in front of it. You have joined that elite club, I think there are about 25 members.
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Haha...part of the club now I guess! They do need to come upstairs still and I got 3 separate deliveries with the final being today, but they'll be staying in there till the weekend The subs are still in there from last year because they are so damn heavy and no point in trying to move them around much. Was going to reach out to you again soon...

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Wow, so over 5 months went by already!? This project will likely be almost few years from start to finish I bet...it'll be two in August 2017 when we started planning. We've been finishing up work on other areas of the house, so this got on the back burner a bit...but we should be framing for the soffit, ceiling, stage, etc. now very soon.

In the meantime, I ordered some more equipment to get some of that expense out of the way ahead of time. I've already had the subs since last year and just got the rest of the speakers we are using in this week!
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Ok...so finally back at it again!

Got the floor done and set and started doing the soffit framing this week. While we are still far away from completion, its good to see some progress and the framing really starts changing the dynamic of everything.

I have a completion goal date of August 2020, which will be 3 years! But hoping we can pull it off by then. Doing a lot of other things still around the house at the same time and its been a ton more costly than I anticipated, but one day we will finish! I still need to buy about 25k worth of equipment, acoustic panels, etc. to complete everything...not including the labor to set it all up.
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Looking great cant wait to see it progress.

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